The much expected political change has begun in the State. Lower level leaders from the ruling Congress and TDP have started moving to the YSR Congress after the conclusion of the recent high voltage and much talked about by-elections.
While the ruling Congress and TDP are worried about these desertions, the YSR Congress is smiling with a sense of optimism. During the last one week after the bypolls, many senior leaders of the Congress and TDP are making a beeline to the YSR Congress. These leaders include second grade cadre leaders of both parties.
Senior Congress leader of Karimnagar district and Congress committee official spokesperson Dr K Nagesh joined the YSR Congress in the presence of party leaders Makkan Singh Raj Thakur on Monday. This is in addition to the recent shock the ruling party had suffered when two party MLAs Alla Nani and Venkata Sujay Krishna Ranga Ravu quit their posts and announced that they would join the YSR Congress.
The list of leaders is not confined to politicians. Newcomers and industrialists who want to take a plunge into politics are also looking at the YSR Congress with hope. One such industrialist who recently joined the YSR Congress is Federation of Andhra Pradesh Industries (FAPI) president, BV Rama Rao, a well known name in the State’s industrial circle. Addressing a press conference on Monday, Rao alleged that the ruling Congress did little for the growth of industrial sector in the State and added that because of this attitude, many industries were moving to other states like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, Maharastra and Gujarat.
He further said that the State had failed in keeping its promise, which it made during thepartnership summit, of brining `6 lakh crore investments in the State. Commenting on the desertions from Congress and TDP, YSR Congress MLA Dharmana Krishna Das said that it is just the beginning of the end of the Congress and TDP and added there would be more desertions in the coming days. The YSRC leaders are also of the view that the joining of grassroot level leaders would help to strengthen it. “We need leaders to strengthen the party. This would definitely help us,” Das added.